East China Normal University (ECNU) is ranked among China's top 10 higher education institutions with the most overseas students due to its dedication to fostering international exchange and collaborations.
Around 3,000 Chinese students enrolled in 10 United States universities, which ECNU has partnerships with, have chosen to participate in the partner programs offered by the university in Shanghai over the past academic year when they were unable to travel abroad due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
For ECNU, which is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, the act of receiving students from schools overseas dates back to 1965. A total of 210 students from Vietnam arrived at the school to study Chinese that year.
Over the past decades, the number of international students pursue studies at the university has grown to around 6,000, ranking China's top 10.
"Our school has been active in fostering international exchanges, especially with educational institutions in North America and Europe, and has accumulated credibility among our Western peers," said Zhang Lu, assistant to the director of the Global Education Center of ECNU.